DWS 2014, London Day 2: He Zi and Chong He golden glory
The second day of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series saw China’s He Zi and He Chong secure the gold medals in the springboard events. He Zi continued her gold run from Dubai here in London in the 3m springboard after scoring 360.15 points. She made an instant impact in the final with an impressive Inward 2.5 Somersaults piked which scored her 81.00 points.
She was in the lead throughout the final until the penultimate round when team-mate Wang Han overtook her but she scored 76.50 points for her Back 2.5 Somersaults piked to secure her place on the top of the podium.
“There were some good things and bad things from today’s competition,” He said. “So in the future we hope to do much better to try and win medals in future World Series. Sometimes you have good dives and sometimes you have bad dives but you can learn from the bad dives.
“I actually have lots of feelings about the competition because during the competition I still felt like I was at the Olympics so I have lots of memories about this venue.”
Silver went to Han with a final score of 359.00 and the bronze went to Pamela Ware in her first year diving in the World Series individually. Ware scored 335.25 points. "Just to be back where I was last year is amazing,” Ware said. "This competition for me counts to qualify for World Cup and Commonwealth Games points wise, so I'm very happy today. A year ago I was doing the Grand Prix and not placing, this year everything moved up since Barcelona, it's really cool."
The women's 3m springboard podium
He Chong was the front runner from the start of the men’s 3m springboard and finished with two high scoring dives to score a total of 559.00. The Olympic bronze medallist scored his highest mark for his Front 4.5 somersaults tucked after securing 102.60 with an excellent finish to the dive. The reigning world champion finished his final with his Front 2.5 Somersaults triple twist piked for a score of 93.60 points.
“I was quite happy with all of my dives tonight because for a long time I wasn’t doing so well,” He said. “It was a very good competition.
“It’s always good to come back to a venue, especially in London, because I wasn’t doing so well at the Olympics but it’s really good to get memories here and get confidence back.”
Russia’s Illya Zakharov won the silver medal with an impressive final dive, the Front 4.5 Somersaults tucked, and scored a total of 536.15. The bronze medal went to Evgeny Kuznetsov of Russia after finishing to 523.20 points.
He Chong (CHN) in action
(Courtesy of Gemma Field, Senior Communications Officer at British Swimming)